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Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 4:00pm
Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 8:00am
Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 8:00am
Linwood Access Closed for Construction   

The Linwood Access Area will be closed until further notice for construction.  Visitors are prohibited from accessing Crowders Mountain through Linwood Access or the Tower Trail Gate by vehicle or by foot. 

The section of the Tower Trail from the intersection of Backside Trail to the Linwood Access Area is closed to foot traffic as it is part of the construction site.

Until construction is complete, Crowders Mountain is only accessible by the Crowders Trail and the Rocktop Trail from the Sparrow Springs Road Access Area. 

 Last updated on: Friday, October 4, 2019


There are no entrance fees to enjoy the park. In addition to park-specific rules, please read the systemwide Park Rules for all North Carolina State Parks.


Visitors may launch non-engine powered watercraft. None are provided.  


Firewood is available to campers for $5.00 per bundle. A bag of kindling is available for $4.00 each. No outside wood is allowed.


Feeding wildlife, especially Canada Geese, is prohibited.

Climbing and Bouldering

All climbers must register with the park by completing a climbing and rappelling registration and activity permit which is available at the park office visitor center or at the self-registration box at the Linwood Access Area and Boulders Access Area. There is no fee for this permit. Prior to activity, a copy of the permit must be deposited in a registration box or given to a park ranger. An additional copy is provided for participants and must be held in their possession while engaged in climbing or rappelling.

Participants are responsible for their own personal safety, including securing proper training and equipment, and adhering to safe practices. Basic rock climbing safety equipment and techniques must be used at all times.

The following state park climbing regulations apply at all times:

  • Anyone climbing/rappelling/bouldering must register with the park staff and must keep in their possession a valid rock climbing/rappelling/ bouldering permit (the yellow copy of the registration form).
  • Organized private, commercial, or non-profit groups must obtain a Special Activity Permit prior to the outing. There is a fee per day. To allow a balance between group and individual climbers, only three permits will be issued per day. Contact the park office for more information.
  • NC state parks do not install or maintain any climbing route or fixed anchors.
  • New routes are not permitted.
  • Climbing/Rappelling/Bouldering is done at the individual’s own risk. Individuals are responsible for obtaining proper equipment and training.
  • Free (unroped) climbing is discouraged.
  • Route selection and the decision to rely on any fixed anchors are the climber's responsibility.
  • Climbing activities are permitted in designated areas only and must coincide with the park's posted hours of operation.
  • All accidents and injuries must be reported to park staff.
  • Anyone climbing/rappelling/bouldering must schedule their activity in order to leave the park before the posted closing hour.
  • Park only in designated parking areas.


Event permits. Some events—such as weddings, athletic contests, company parties, etc.—may require a Special Activity Permit. If you're unsure whether such a permit is necessary for your event, call the park office beforehand. You can download a Special Activity Permit application or obtain one from the park office.

Research and collection permits. A permit is required for any project involving the collection, removal or disturbance of any natural or cultural resource of any state park unit and for projects that require placing monitoring equipment in any state park unit. Learn more about research and collection permits or fill out a permit application online.


A $25 fee will be charged for all returned checks.

Map of North Carolina






Sparrow Springs access
and visitor center

522 Park Office Lane
Kings Mountain, NC 28086

GPS: 35.213316, -81.293555

Linwood Road access

4611 Linwood Road
Gastonia, NC 28086

GPS: 35.240917, -81.269312


Boulders access

108 Van Dyke Road
Kings Mountain, NC 28086

GPS: 35.171180, -81.362762



The gates at Sparrow Springs close at the listed times below.

  • December to February:
    7:00am to 7:00pm
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
  • May to September:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
  • October:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
  • November:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
  • Closed Christmas Day

​There is a 1-mile hike to the campground from the parking lot. Please plan accordingly.

There is no gate entry before or after hours, including for campers, except in the case of a medical or law enforcement emergency.


The gates at Linwood Road and Boulders accesses close at the listed times below.
  • December to February:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
  • March to April:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
  • May to September:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
  • October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
  • November:
    8:00am to 7:00pm
  • Closed Christmas Day

  • 8:00am to 5:00pm daily
  • Closed Christmas Day